The Guardian had a small piece about photographer Idris Khan today. I can’t find that particular piece but here’s a long, more reflective article that they did on him last year. I hadn’t seen his work before but I think it’s wonderful. He scans and layers photographs to produce beautiful blurred, mysterious images that seem to relate as much to drawing as photography.
This image is every page in the Koran scanned and layered. Khan grew up as a Muslim and apparently he made this work to reflect the importance that the Koran had in his childhood. It took him 2 months to make and he followed the correct procedure for handling the Koran whilst making it – I love the implied ritual of that. I think it’s an amazing piece, I particularly love the blackness in the centre of the image. Even though that’s obviously an artefact of the scanning process it makes me think of the mystic void at the heart of spirituality – the ineffable nature of the divine.
Here’s another piece called every… stave of Frederick Chopin’s Nocturnes for the piano.
When I look at this piece, I get the sense of the number of times it’s been played. It seems to take the ephemeral experience of making or listening to music and fix it in time.